Menon does say that though Alia Khan faces a tough time from her colleagues at work, in some respects the fictional female cop has it better than her real-life counterparts.
"I've spoken to people connected to the police force in India and they say that she's lucky to get these cases because most times the women cops just get rapes. It's the most obvious thing."
If you were expecting a cop drama exploring the state of contemporary India to deal with the horrific prevalence of rape in the country, then you'd be surprised to hear that not one of Khan's cases is a rape.
There is a reason for this, as Menon points out, "I deliberately didn't go there, because people told me that's all the women cops do."
So to make Inspector Khan stand out as something special, she couldn't really be dealing with rape cases all day long. That's not to say that there are no storylines dealing with the harsh treatment of females, in fact most of them deal with the degradation of women in one way or another.
It's something that Menon, who's lived in the UK since 2008, heard about first hand when she visited Mumbai to conduct research.
"I talked to these girls from villages who came to work as servants at my friends' houses. It was strange, none of them knew their ages for some reason. They're sent off to be servants and they don't see their families for years."
Actress Chawla, who lives in the same Bandra district of Mumbai where the drama is set, concurs that the portrayal of corruption and sexist attitudes in the drama strikes a chord:
"The newspaper is always brimming with political corruption and misogyny!"
One storyline that may resonate with fans of The Killing and that runs throughout the drama is that of a politician's nephew, a big Bollywood star, a rich kid, who's also mixed up in some shady business which ultimately culminates in a political scandal that has an impact on Khan's life.
But aside from any similarities to characters and stories from The Killing, there is one large influence on the drama that Menon had previously explored in her adaptation of Martin Chuzzlewit to the streets of Mumbai.
The setting of the drama in Bandra, a previously sleepy suburb that has become a boom town thanks to improved transportation links to the mainland and the influx of rich Bollywood actors, provides a neat parallel to the booming Industrial Revolution milieu of Dickens' novels.
As Menon explains, Bandra just seemed perfect, "It's quite posh, but it also has the biggest slums just on the outskirts, so it's a nice place to put drama because it's got everything."
But some of the terrible stories upon which the drama is based, such as so many unwanted babies being abandoned that orphanges are now placing cardboard boxes on the streets so that women don't have to worry about the shame of being seen leaving a baby at the orphange door, seem to have such resonance with the 19th century that it's hard to resist the comparison with Dickens. Something that Menon accepts and bemoans.
"Writing about how Dickensian India is, it's like another level of Dickensian. It's like you can't escape from it, it's just there. You realise there are so many parallels between those worlds. Which is worrying, because we're talking about Victorian times and this is what India is like now!"
Undercover Mumbai begins on Radio 4 at 10:45am on Monday 9 September, with a repeat at 7:45pm